The loss of a loved one can be traumatic and make daily life feel like a challenge. If you have a friend that recently attended a funeral service for a loved one, then there are several things that you can do to support her while she is grieving.
Allow Her to Grieve
One of the most important things to understand when it comes to dealing with the loss is that there is no right way to grieve. Also, the stages of grief are often unpredictable and can cause a person to experience a rollercoaster of feelings. For this reason, you should avoid telling your friend what she should or shouldn't be experiencing or doing as she works through her pain and emotions.
Be Ready to Listen
When it comes to supporting a grieving loved one, being able to listen with compassion is one of the best things that you can do for her during this painful time. To do this, acknowledge your friend's loss, express your concern, and listen without judgment. Be genuine in your communication and do not hide your feelings, but refrain from comparing what your friend is going through to a loss that you experienced in the past. Finally, do not hesitate to ask your friend about what she is feeling and what you can do to help.
Offer Her Your Support
When someone is grieving, simple chores can be a struggle or left forgotten. To help your friend while she grieves, offer her practical assistance by doing things like preparing meals, taking out the trash, or cleaning the dishes. Also, providing child care, running errands, and performing similar tasks are excellent ways to support your grieving friend.
Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park specializes in creating healing experiences in the community and in addition to our cremation and funeral services, we offer online grief counseling in San Mateo. To learn more, please give us a call today at (650) 349-4411.